fiction for teens featuring LGBTQ characters.

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I Am J
Cris Beam

TEEN BEAM

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.


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Brooklyn, Burning
Steve Brezenoff

TEEN BREZENOFF

Sixteen-year-old Kid, who lives on the streets of Brooklyn, loves Felix, a guitarist and junkie who disappears, leaving Kid the prime suspect in an arson investigation, but a year later Scout arrives, giving Kid a second chance to be in a band and find true love.


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

TEEN CHBOSKY

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares.


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Very LeFreak
Rachel Cohn

TEEN COHN

Consumed with emailing, online video games and the many distractions of her electronic gadgets, hyper-frenetic Columbia University freshman Veronica, known as Very LeFreak, enters a rehab facility for the technology-addicted after her professors and classmates stage an intervention.


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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Kirstin Cronn-Mills

TEEN CRONN-MILLS

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents—all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.


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Sister Mischief
Laura Goode

TEEN GOODE

Esme Rockett, also known as MC Ferocious, rocks her suburban Minnesota Christian high school with more than the hip-hop music she makes with best friends Marcy ( DJ SheStorm) and Tess (The ConTessa) when she develops feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini).


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green,David Levithan

TEEN GREEN

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.


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Ask the Passengers
A.S. King

TEEN KING

Astrid Jones copes with her small town’s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she’s sending love to the passengers in the airplanes. Her mother doesn’t want it, her father’s always stoned, her perfect sister’s too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee.


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Boy Meets Boy
David Levithan

TEEN LEVITHAN

When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.


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Huntress
Malinda Lo

Ash series
SF TEEN LO

Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.


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Shine
Lauren Myracle

TEEN MYRACLE

When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.


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Luna
Julie Anne Peters

TEEN PETERS

Fifteen-year-old Regan’s life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam’s transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of “transitioning” by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy’s body.


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She Loves You, She Loves You Not...
Julie Anne Peters

TEEN PETERS

When seventeen-year-old Alyssa is disowned by her father for being a lesbian, she is sent off to a small town in Colorado to live with the mother she has never known, where she is forced to come to terms with herself and her family.


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Bloodhound
Tamora Pierce

The Legend of Beka Cooper series
SF TEEN PIERCE

Having been promoted from “Puppy” to “Dog,” Beka, now a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, and her former partner head to a neighboring port city to investigate a case of counterfeit coins.


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Gemini Bites
Patrick Ryan

TEEN RYAN

When their parents announce they are taking in a fellow student for a month, 16-year-old twins Kyle and Judy sit up and take notice. Kyle has just come out of the closet to his family and fears he’ll never know what it is like to date a guy. Judy is pretending to be born-again to attract a boy who heads a Bible study group. And Garret Johnson is new in town—a mysterious loner who claims to be a vampire. Both twins are intrigued.


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended)
Benjamin Alire Saenz

TEEN SAENZ

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.


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Boyfriends with Girlfriends
Alex Sanchez

TEEN SANCHEZ

When Lance begins to date Sergio, who is bisexual, he is not sure that it will work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio’s lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.


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